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his health care plan in montana, but is everybody buying what the president is selling? >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get. is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: plus, michael vick returns to the nfl after two years in prison for dogfighting. >> i was wrong for what i did. after everything that happened at that point in time, my life was wrong. to this day, i can't understand why i was involved in such pointless activity. >> not everyone is welcoming him with open arms. >> i'm just a little upset with it, because i'm such an animal lover. >> crazy signing. i don't know what they'll do with the public relations part of it. >> has vick paid enough of a price for his crime? >>> and the stories you may have missed this week. chuck grassley's blast at the president, and the town halls that didn't turn into shout fests. >>> plus, what happens when three rock gods get together on the same stage? warning. it might get loud. ♪ >>> hi, everybody. campbell brown off today. those are our big questions. but we start with our look at the stories
this done. this is obviously a tough time in america, a tough time here in montana. just six months ago we were in the middle of the worst recession in our lifetimes. we were losing about 700 jobs each month. economists of all stripes feared a second coming of the great depression. that is why we acted as best as we could to pass a recovery plan to stop the freefall. i want to just beat briefly about the recovery plan because that has our people's view of the health care debate. the recovery plan was divided into three parts. one-third of the money in the revery act went to tax cuts that have already started showing up in the paychecks of about 400,000 working families in montana. 400,000 working families have seen their taxes reduced because of the recovery act. [applause] we also cut taxes for small businesses on the investments that they make in more than 200 montanans small businesses have qualified for new loans backed by the recovery act, including ten businesses right in the boseman area. [applause] another one-third of the money in the recovery act is for emergency relief for folks
's in montana this morning where he held a town hall meeting yesterday. the crowd was pretty civil for the president. but he got tough, yet polite questions. >> the president has a town hall meeting in grand junction later this evening. a lot of health care related events going on. >> we have a map showing where they all are across the country. pete stark is holding three in california. he's going to be a busy guy. as you can see from the map, there's events in chicago and atlanta. >> the first lady, sasha and malia didn't stay home. they are traveling with the president this weekend. >> so is ed henry. he tells us the president is mixing business with pleasure in big sky montana. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than fly fishing. he came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee who could hold the fate of health care in his hands. >> first of all, the man working tirelessly to make sure americans get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america.
are some scenes from the president's town hall from earlier today in montana. >> that is for all. [applause] >> thank you, montana. thank you. [applause] sean: nobody in the president's make-believe world rkts they don't like guns very much in montana, do they? >> i'm a proud n.r.a. member. [applause] >> i believe in our constitution and it's a very important thing. sean: i think four people clapped. did you hear the crickets chirping even though there are people in montana who believe in second amendment rights. joining me now is karl rove. welcome to the studio. >> thanks for having me here. the hannity headquarters. sean: i like that. let's start with the poll numbers and you brought the black board and let's look. >> this is the backdrop. his job approval in the fox poll, 53-40 approve, disapprove. but among independents, 49-44 and that is a shift from a few weeks ago when it was 54-38. so in a matter of three weeks, it has declined among independents and you see that same decline in independents in health care reform. 34% approve. 49 disapprove. among independents, 29-50 and in july it
at a health care town hall meeting in montana, followed by a conversation with howard dean on health care. >> three days of peace, love, and music. 40 years ago, a half-million people gathered for woodstock. saturday, the co-founder takes us behind the scenes at 9:00 p.m. eastern. radio talk-show executive brian jennings on the new fairness doctrine, why is a bad idea, and alternatives to censure sai -- century ship. >> now a convention of on-line activists that organizers called the rightonline conference. it is a two-day gathering to counter the netroots nation gathering also this week. this is about an hour. >> in 1824, thomas jefferson surmised that the country had more machinery than was necessary. with nearly five trillion dollars in debt, massive government and titles, and the budget deficit approaching $2 trillion, his words have never been more true. americans for prosperity foundation plays a crucial role in reversing this government tide. together, informed americans can stop government takeovers. together, informed americans can stand for common sense. together, informed ameri
for today's town hall in belgrade, montana. it will be important to see montanans come out in force to say no to government health care. a member of patients first told the associated press yesterday. some 1,300 people got inside after first come first serve ticket giveout at two city halls. one of those people a welder named randy rathi had driven almost all the way across montana to get tickets so he could confront president. here is what happened when a real working joe from a state that represents the real america expressed his real concerns about real health care reform to his president. >> my name is randy rathie. i'm from ekolaka, montana and as you can see, aim a proud nra member. [ cheering ] >> i believe in our constitution. >> yeah. >> and it's a very important thing. i also get my news from the cable networks because i don't like the spin that comes from them other places. >> oh, you got to be careful about them cable networks, though. but that's okay. go ahead. go ahead with your question. >> max bachus our senator has been locked up in a dark room there for months now trying
's meeting in montana. joining us from big sky montana is mike emanuel. good morning early to you. how did this town hall meeting go yesterday? spent it was pretty good, alysin president obama today will be parked tourist in chief taking his family to yellowstone park, doing another town hall event in grand junction, colorado. the president yesterday was in belgrade, montana, the home state of max baucus was in the middle of healthcare reform negotiations as chairman of the senate finance committee. the pitching montana is with healthcare reform. insurers would not be able to drop you if you become seriously ill. mr. obama's town hall and montana had a very campaign to appeal there was thought president obama might get feisty questions from people opposed to healthcare reform the present mostly softball questions and made reference to some of the fireworks we have seen on the news this summer with members of congress singles events. what's take a listen. st. ann out there has been a lot of attention paid to some of the town hall meetings on time around the country, especially when tepper's
force one and ed henry tells us from big sky, montana, that instead of just sightseeing the president is mixing business with pleasure. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business, buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> fist rst of all, the man who working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep
? what's going on? >> hey, this is montana, big sky country. beautiful resort here that the president is staying at. and they've got all sorts -- a very family-friendly resort here, lots of places for kids to enjoy. it's actually where i -- >> that's not where you're staying. >> no, but that's where -- well, you're right, but that's where i stayed last night, slept in a teepee. >> i did not, discuss really? you're just pulling my leg. but there are places where you can. that's kind of rustic of you, chuck. >> i'm sure they are, but not here. it's hard to imagine a place with the "resort" in its name -- >> nick is saying you are so done with this. bye, chuck todd. >> reporter: bye, see you tomorrow. >>> you can watch the town hall live at 6:15 p.m. eastern. >>> the first named storm of the 2009 atlantic hurricane season is taking shape at this hour. bill karins is tracking ana for us and more. what's the latest? >> as expected we now have two systems. we have ana and now tropical depression number three. i'm more concerned with tropical depression number three an i am with ana. there's
proposals will hold a rally in atlanta with former congressman dick armey. the president is in montana doing a bit of sightseeing. he urges americans to lower the volume in the health care fight and listen to one another. >> i know there is plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. i know that in a time of economic upheaval, the idea of change can be unsettling. i know there are some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, is traveling with the president. first montana, later today, colorado. why these locations specifically? >> reporter: partially because these are not necessarily democratic areas friendly. president made a point to come to montana, colorado, in the mountain west. the democratic presidential candidates had abandoned thinking they couldn't win in previous elections. he won some of them. he is trying to translate the health reform debate. when you talk to a white house debate, you say, lo
of people who graduate from college. >>> and president obama was in montana this afternoon answering questions on health care reform. unlike the often contentious meetings others have encountered, today's give and take was both cordial and civil. president obama received an enthusiastic welcome in reliably republican montana. >> hello montana! >> reporter: he came on a mission to change the increasingly angry debate over health care reform, saying americans are being held hostage by insurance companies. >> it's wrong. it's bankrupting families. it's bankrupting business. and we are going to fix it. >> reporter: but randy wanted to know how the government would pay for it. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> the president said 2/3 of the plan would be paid for by eliminating waste. >> we've got to get over this notion that somehow we can have something for nothing. because that's part of how we got into the deficits and the debt that we're in the first place. >> reporter: it was the kind of difficult conver
. >>> president obama faced more skeptics of his health care plan in in montana yesterday and one of the toughest questions was about how the government will pay. what obama will do to cover for 46 million uninsured americans. as ed henry reports, the president admitted it won't be easy. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state senior's senior and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledge the fight has reached a critical stage because the opposition has gained some steam. capitalizing on anger over federal bailouts and debt at many congressional town hall meetings. >> -- the government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: b
a town hall in montana, taking the first family to nearby yellowstone park. mr. obama came because when it comes to passing reform the road truly runs through montana. raw politics from ed henry. >> reporter: montana is a nice place to visit this time of year, but the president had more on his mind than fly-fishing. he came for urgent business, buttering up the state senior center max bachus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all the man who is working tirelessly to make sure the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max bachus a round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledged the fight reached a critical stage because the opposition reached some steam, capitalizing on anger at congressional town hall meetings. >> where does this state that government has the powers to take over health care. >> reporter: by comparison the president's town hall was tame. he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that is all
hampshire or the one yesterday in montana. i think they would like to see a little more pushback from critics and people who are concerned that we are seeing at town hall meetings. it allows the president to explain better to someone who is skeptical about what health care reform would mean for them. >> let's check out one of the more heated moments in yesterday's town hall and the president's reaction. take a look. >> we keep getting the bum. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. that's the only way you can do that. >> i'm happy to answer the question. >> thank you. >> you are absolutely right, that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> how to grade the president on his town hall so far, the way he has handled the tougher questions? >> i think he has done exceptionally well. he has talked about health care for the past, i think you could say, probably six weeks or so, almost nonstop every day. here was a tough question from squun w someone who is skeptical tha
for president obama in this make or break month for reform. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than flying fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior citizen and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hand. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> in private, top presidential advisers ab advisers acknowledge that the fight has reached a critical stage as the opposition has reef reached soming. >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame, thou he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he is facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right,
did pretty well. he came up short in montana but came close. much closer than many people thought, so they say look, now he wants to show that even if some people in these areas may disagree with him, he wants to go in and have a thoughtful conversation, reasoned debate in comparison to some of the town hall meetings we've seen across the country. what he's going do at the top is lay out why he thinks there needs to be insurance reform, that's his big folk occur, just to say you have insurance are doesn't mean you're safe and secure, you could lose that coverage. secondly, he'll take questions for about an hour, we're told. these tickets were distributed randomly on the internet. people were able it to sign up. they didn't have control over democrats or republicans got them. just as we saw yesterday, just one or two tough questions in montana at a town hall meeting, for people coming at it from the other side. the president could get tough questions from the other side today as well. as you noted at the to we are getting information are from white house aides. ed president is very ear
his health reform plan today. yesterday he held a town hall meeting in montana where he got some tough questions from the 13,000 people who attended. >> with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative president obama took the lead himself at a town hall in montana and took the heat. >> that's all we did. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. i can't cover another 46 million people for free. but let's astume it costs about $30 billion over 10 years. we do have to come up with that money. when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who have a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> backing the president's plans are the unions, drug companies, hospitals, and doctors, the a.m.a. >> what does health insurance refo
to montana, that is one of the most nra saturated states in america. people take their personal liberties very seriously there. even for someone to stand up and say that i am an nra member, this would normally rattle the roof. i bought that was very revealing. let's assume that it was totally on the up and up and very legitimate. there are still some things that the president said today that are not getting near the target. for example, he continues to use the phrase 47 million. that figure is nonsense. there are a number of people who are uninsured because they don't fill out the forms yet they already qualify for medicaid and medicare. there are 12 million illegal aliens, is the president for to pay for every illegal person? there are a number of people who could afford insurance but they choose not to have it because they would rather have a new track or go to dinner more often. let's be honest about the figure. if we want to cover 5 million americans that cannot have insurance, i don't know anyone who has a problem with that. that is not that difficult. what the president's now wants
care. president obama taking his push for health care reform out west. stops include montana and colorado. cbs news us who correspondent chip reid is traveling with the president and joins us from big sky this morning with more. good morning, chip. >> reporter: good morning erica. the president came here to big sky country for a town hall meetin his critics were predicting that this would be the time he would finally see that anger over health care reform face to face. >> hello, montana! >> reporter: it was clear right from the start this crowd was on his side. >> welcome and thank you. i believe in reform as well. >> reporter: the president lightened the mood even more with a little humor. >> here in montana, you got bears and moose and elk and in washington you just have mostly bulls. >> reporter: but finally some anger from a man who turned the president's humor against him. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: the president said he would not raise taxes on the middle class but the plan would
remarks. thanks very much. >> thanks a lot, alex. >>> the first family made time in montana for some whitewater rafting. today they are touring national parks in yellowstone, wyoming and grand junction, colorado. in addition to the president's town hall at precisely 6:15 p.m. eastern time. chuck todd is traveling with the president and he will join us with a live report in just a little bit. >>> seven people are dead, 91 injured after a suicide car bombing at nato's military headquarters in afghanistan. it happened in the capital city of kabul in a heavily guarded neighborhood. it comes five days before the presidential election. thetal l taliban has claimed responsibility. the blast was the first major attack since february. >> and do look at this video from china. the flooding is as you can see literally watching the homes away. not only causing landslides, but they destroyed roads and burst the river banks. according to cctv, china's state owned news channel, up to 11 are dead, two people are injured. >>> well, police in georgia confirm that a missing woman's cell phone has been f
or probably already have gotten a phone call saying you have a ticket, come pick it up. with the montana one yesterday, they did that one a little bit differently, they handed tickets out for about a two hour window and it was first come first serve and individuals could get up to two tickets, meaning you don't know who the second ticket was going to go to. >> kind of fun to wake occupy a saturday morning and go what are you doing today? i don't know. i'm going go hear the president. it is kind of cool. although do you it every day. >> reporter: one quick thing on that front. you see criticisms saying he's only got supporters. guess what? his supporters will be more motivated to wait in line and stay up late to make sure they get a ticket probably who are so than opponents. >> and you have point. chuck todd, thank you so much. >>> you can watch the president's town hall live at 6:15 p.m. eastern. we'll have it right here on msnbc saturday. mean time, developing now, a large explosion in kabul near the nato headquarters. that blast was caused by a suicide car bomb. the explosion has killed se
, colorado. his meeting just like the one in montana have been tamer than some of what we've seen. also in his weekly address, the president urging americans to turn down the temperature and listen more. >> i know there's plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. the idea of change can be unsettling, and i know there's some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> now, the first family is traveling along on this road trip, seeing the sights like yellowstone national park. why is he focusing on the traditional red states? ed henry takes a look behinl the health care fight. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that th
were born in billings montana when there parents went for five or six years. one son these days, came back to billings, married a girl who was part of a large family. now he is part of that large family and he is building a large family. and he will not budge. he is just totally attached. the other one, and his story is just fascinating, is in montana. and this is not a rich family, but there is some rich man in montana who pays for one kid a year -- well, for the four-year duration of school to go to saint paul school and new hampshire. you just paste the whole thing. he goes and finds some super bright kid or so this boy couldn't study languages in billings. and so he signed up and he was accepted. and then he got cold feet and turned him down. then he reconsider. is terratec never even been to see the place. they didn't know what he was up to. and so he reconsider and called him up and said no, i think i do want to do that. it's too late, but let's see what we can do for him. so he gets into hotchkiss, and the rich man puts them in hotchkiss. in one year he is boy of the year at ho
of preexisting conditions. yesterday i was in montana talking about people who had their insurance policies suddenly revoked even though they were paying their premiums, just because they got sick. today we're talking about people like nathan and his family who have insurance, but are still stuck with huge bills because they hit a cap on their benefits or are charged exorbitant out of pocket fees. when you hear about these experiences, when you think about the millions of people denied coverage because of preexisting conditions and the thousands who have had their policies canceled because of an illness, countless people like nathan, i want you to remember one thing, there but for the grace of god go i. [ applause ] this is something that sometimes we have forgotten during the course of this health care debate. these are ordinary americans. they're no different than anybody else. they're working hard, they're meeting their responsibilities. they're held hostage by health insurance companies that deny them coverage, or drop their coverage, or charge fees that they can't afford for care they
'm joined live from big sky, montana, chuck todd. good morning again, chuck. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> let's talk about the president's response. what was it and did it satisfy the crowd? >> well, i think the crowd was satisfied with the answer. what the president did was, he answered specifically on this issue of paying for health care. you know, this is something that's frustrated the white house a bit. that is, from the very beginning, the president said whatever they do with health care, it is not going to add to the deficit. the problem is, you know, the general public is still seeing what government is doing in general, in seeing a big deficit, in seeing a lot of money spent. while it is true that everything they're doing, every plan they've come up will be deficit-neutral when it comes to this thing, it's just not -- that part of it is penetrating the public psyche enough, or what, because that has been something that, when you listen to these protesters and listen to the folks that have come to these town has and been upset, really the core of the upset, of why they're upse
isetting ready to go into the lion's den in montana. he needs a moment, aig moment when they are all yelling him and he says somethg that is calming yet firm he needs to outhere the way these senators are briefly doi, facing his detrtors and doing it ia way that shows courage and leadership. >> democrats would like to think that they arlosing this because they are beingout- organized, because of the nspiracy out ther groups tt are galvanizingpeople, tacts are wrong. e problems tha -- the problem is with what evan said -- a contradictionhat the ordinary american understands -- the president sayse will cut sts of health care d we would by injung 50 million additional americans. you are 8 years old -- by insuring 50 mlion additiona americans. if y are 8 years old, you kw that cant happen. when the cbo ss it will cost a fortune, not save, there was no esca. thosare numbers that you cannot refute. >> this year's deficit is $1.27 trillion. people to noce that. >> the way it affects the health care debate is that the bill for the outset was going to be paid for. it did not in and of itsel
a question from a 14-year-old daughter of a supporter. then we have montana where they end up giving him a standing ovation. versus what you see right now, the people standing up saying hey, slow down. let's fiend out what is in the pill. let's find out how much is the cost. what they are showing us is vastly different from what the american people want. by doing so, we are finding out more. >> i'm shocked and dismayed eric. brenda: politicians often stage these on both sides of the aisle, pat. does this mean something for the economy that protesters are coming out and saying what might be wrong with the reform and stopping it? >> well, the sad thing is that neither side is focused on what really matters, which is that our physicians currently have incentive to do more and not provide quality carement you are paid for procedures, not outcomes. that is the fundamental problem with the way the healthcare system works today and it is unfortunate that none of the plans in congress address that core problem. the protest, by saying hands off, don't do anything they are not addressing it either
obama kicked off a poor state tour of its health care reform plan. he started off in belgrade montana or hundreds of people packed a town hall inside an airport hangar. the president answered some tough questions, including, which taxes be raised in order to pick the plan? >> i cannot cover another 46 million people for free. we do have to come up with that money. well as campaign, made a promise that i would not raise your taxes -- when i was campaigning, i made a promise i would not raise your taxes for those who may 200 the dozen dollars or less. for people to make a little bit more, there is nothing wrong with paying a little bit more. >> tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of woodstock. it became a symbol of the '60s generation. this weekend, thousands are returning to the side to relive the music and the moments. ♪ >> richie havens perform his legendary song ago freedom" to kick off the 40 the anniversary of the woodstock festival. the message still resonates, just as it did four decades ago when he opened the three day music and arts festival in upstate new york, where frustr
, . >> president obama hits the road trying to sell health care reform. townhall meeting in montana this afternoon was much calmer than most. but the president denounced the focus on angry protestors at townhall meetings saying television loves the raucous. president spoke for about 30 minutes before taking questions. >> what we need to do is come up with a uniquely american way of providing care. so i am not in favor of canadian system. i am not in favor of a british system. or a french system. >> the president has another townhall meeting tomorrow in colorado. >> undoubtly many u.s. lawmakers cannot wait for the recess to end. because town halls are tougher than the comfortable confines of the u.s. capital where reckless spending has become sport. we continue with political pulse with former maryland governor robert ehrlich. >> cardin is popular, been around forever, right, house of delegates. house of representatives. and what he saw the other night is probably surprising to him. because these are not wackos or cooks, right wing. regular folks turning out. now clearly there is a certain aspect
is downplaying the protests by angry protesters at town hall meetings across the country, and he was in montana to post a town hall meeting of his own. in the meantime, president obama says he is not trying to vilify insurance companies. he is on an four-state tour as part of his pledge to overhaul the insurance system. >>> earlier today, eunice kennedy shriver was honored, the founder of special olympics. her daughter, california first lady maria shriver, who called her mother, quote, "skerries smart and not afraid to show it -- scary smart." her brother, cedric entered kennedy, could not attend as he continues to battle cancer -- senator edward kennedy. >>> a judge dismissed after letting air out of a tire. >>> also ahead, jon and kate plus police. what force them to go to.ir >>> we have new information about the mid-air collisions over the hudson river last weekend. just seconds before the crash, a conflict alert warningd on the dispy. appeared on the display. controllers told the ntsb they do not recall hearing those warnings. two people have been suspended, and a supervisor who was not in
at 7:00. >>> in a town hall meeting in montana today president obama sought to ease concerns about his ambitious healthcare reform plan. >> if you are one of nearly 46 million people who don't have health insurance, will you finally have quality affordable options. and if you do have have health insurance, we'll help make sure that your insurance is more affordable and more secure. >> critics in the audience asked how the president planned to pay for the proposal. the president's answer? by eliminating waste and inefficiency. >>> one reporter scored the interview of a lifetime, and he's only 11. the scoop he managed to get from the president. >>> new information on the mid- air collision over the hudson river. >>> coming up, maryland, get ready to say ga sun tight. >> i'm bob turk. i'll have the complete first warning forecast coming up next. # >>> it is 72 degrees in cranially trail maryland. >>> we are learning more about why the faa placed an air traffic controller on leave following this past weekend's mid-air collision. the agency says the controller was making a personal phone ca
in last year's election. the stop comes on the heels of last night's meeting in montana, the president faced some pointed but civil questions about how he will pay for the plan to reform the nation's health care system. a process that has caused his once sky-high approval ratings to fall. around the nation, there's been negative feedback at many town hall meetings as average americans have questioned lawmakers about changes to the nation's health care system. in his weekly address, mr. obama says he wants the nation to move forward despite the challenges from opponents. >> the history is clear -- every time we come close to passing health insurance reform, the special interests with the stake in the status quo use their influence and allies to scare and mislead the american people. >> but in the republicans weekly address, utah senator hatch rejected the charge, saying americans just want the facts. >> although i encourage the use of respectful debate, we should not be stifling these discussions. there's nothing unamerican about disagreements. in fact, our great nation was founded on s
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that to you. he was in montana yesterday. while he was there he heard from an impassioned insurance salesman about health care reform. listen to this. >> mr. president, i make a living selling individual health insurance. okay. obviously, i have paid very close attention to this insurance debate. as you know, the health insurance companies are in favor of health care reform. and have a number of very good proposals before congress to work with government to provide insurance for the uninsured and cover individuals with pre-existing conditions. why is it that you have changed your strategy from talking about health care reform to health insurance reform? and decided to vilify the insurance companies? >> okay, that is a fair question. that's a fair question. first of all, you are absolutely right that the insurance companies in some cases have been constructive. so i will give you a particular example, aetna has been trying to work with us in dealing with some of the pre-existing condition stuff. that's absolutely true. and there are other come pans who have done the same. now i want to just b
for the health care plan. what happened at a townhall meeting today in the state of montana. >> live in high definition, from wbff tv in baltimore, this is fox 45 news at 10:00. >> hello, i am jeff barnd. >> and i am karen parks. michael phelps involved in a crash in downtown baltimore. and tonight police have released the report. they say it was not his fault. >> apparently it is the other driver. still both will indeed be cited. keith daniels is live at the scene of the accident last night with more. >> jeff, back at the corner of north calvert and east biddle. people that lived in the neighborhood call it a dangerous intersection. and, of course, michael phelps is one of the latest victims. he was coming from penn station when he crashed. >> both michael phelps was coming down bittle street. >> isaac. >> gray accord came up. >> heard the screeching tires and saw the sha tering crash. >> this is the green light facing this way. >> two car collision with michael phelps behind the wheel of the wrecked cadillac escalade suv. >> back in calvert and east bittle where it happened. walking his do
. this is a live picture of air force one about to depart montana for grand junction, colorado. in colorado that is where he is going to be holding a townhall meeting, a city providing medical care at a third of the cost of other cities. hundreds of people are expected at the event and to make their voices heard in demonstrations planned outside. what does the president plan to focus on in today's townhall? >> strategy has been tapping into anger against the insurance companies. yesterday he was on patients who get dropped from coverage. today it's going to be people who has insurance that gets hit by a cap on benefits and large out of pocket fees. introducing him is nathan wilkes. he has been paying $25,000 in out of pocket fees. he is battling over a benefits cap, as well. the white house says the president will continue to hold these townhall regularly this month. >> julie: what can we expect from the crowd, especially from the demonstrators. some of these have gotten pretty heated? >> the audience might be okay with shouting down their congressman but they have taken a different tone wi
his push for health care reform with a town hall meeting in grand junction, montana. the president received a polite reception at a town hall meeting in montana. steve handlesman has more. >> with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative, president obama took the bull by the horns himself and took the heat. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you will get that money is to raise your taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. i can't cover another 46 million people for freefment let's assume it costs $30 billion per year over 10 years. we do have to come up with that money. when i wa was campaigning, i promised i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. but i said for people like myself who make more than that, there is nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who got a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> backing the president's plans are some strange bed fellows, a big union, drug companies, hospitals, and doctors, the a.m.a. i
a big pitch out west to boost support for health care reform. rachel martin is in big sky montana this morning. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: -- about 5 miles away from bozeman where the president held his health care town hall meeting yesterday and while there was some tension, the event started out with hugs, handshakes, even some humor. >> here in montana you've got bears and moose and elk and in washington you just haveostly bull. >> reporter: words that moments later were thrown right back at the president as he tried to set the record straight on his plans for health care reform. >> we keep getting the bull is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> you are absolutely right that i can't cover enough 46 million people for free. >> reporter: obama has been ramping up his fight for reform as oosition is mounting on both sides of the debate. the plan to provide end of life counseling is being dropped from a senate version of the bill after conservatives like sarah palin said it would create so-called death panels. the topic came up between senators arle
, holding a town hall meeting in colorado to discuss health care. friday he stopped in montana. the president did not experience the same animosity many senators and representatives have faced. mr. obama told the audience what they've seen on tv doesn't tell the whole story and constructive meetings have been taking place across the country. most who attended seemed to support the president's plan. but not everyone, one man even turned the president's own joke about bull in washington on him. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going it pay for this. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> the president went on tell the man he will not raise taxes on families making $250,000 or less, and admitted the wealthy will have to pay more. some protestors did come out, they were kept about half a mile away. he often had to shout to be heard above the crowd. but the senator tells the "washington post" he has not been discouraged. in fact, he says the opposite has happened. he's more deter
house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. he has the latest from big sky, montana. chuck? >> good morning, lester. the president is out west for a working vacation. yesterday was town hall number one. today will be town hall number two in grand junction, colorado, all of it is an attempt to recapture political momentum to pass health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow for what was billed as a town hall on health care but at times felt like a campaign rally. president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times, as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience, but not before offering his own media critique of how town halls have been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud, are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively cane new hampshire town hall
to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a huge influence in this and the majority of the people in the democratic caucu
with the benefits or large out of pocket fees. now, mr. obama is on a four-day western trip. first up, in montana where yesterday he focused on patients who get dropped by their insurance companies in today's web address. the president says he realizes there's skepticism about his proposal. especially at a time of economic upheaval, but he asked for a discussion where we lower our voices. his town halls lacked the raucous crowds that some congressional democrats have faced, but he did take a couple of tough questions yesterday. >> and that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. you're saving here, you're saving over there, you're going to take a little money here, a little money there, but you have no money. >> you're absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. you're right. >> even some republicans are facing confrontation al crowds in their towns. senator chuck grassley is coming to the table with democrats. a larger theme in many of these forums is mistrust of big government solutions and republicans are hammering that message. >>
plucky governor easing up on a hellish sports rivalry just two stops as we go across america. >> montana: up in smoke. and implosion of three smokestacks changing the skyline of helena montana for ever. the tallest one formerly sovereign 425 feet and the oldest of the trio standing for nearly 100 years. thousands of people were on hand to watch the demolition. the plant operating the stacks closer so. >> iowa: honoring some ordinary people are extraordinary bravery you may remember this genetic rescue back in june. construction workers serving a woman who spoke overturned in a nearby river. the results of their heroism some doubt by the state's governor to mack on to take these brave individuals who have earned this award. their quick actions saved precious lives. >> julie: the construction crew among 23 citizens receiving the 2009 governor's life-saving cord at the iowa state fair. >> louisiana: cheering a bet made good. governor bobby jindal getting a tasty treat from the lone star state. texas governor, rick perry, we did a bbq feast at the texas longhorns would beat the lsu tigers in
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